Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu | s1.3 vs s2.2 - Falling asleep to ‘Akubi Shinan’ ↳ “For summer we learn the ferryman’s yawn, let’s begin our practice. Imagine its early afternoon by the pine of the bank of the Sumida river. One customer in the belly of the boat, one ferryman at the stern, lazily smoking a cigarette. Hey, Ferryman. Take the boat up river. I like the boat. But being on it all day get so boring, so boring… No good at all…”
Y’know, I was watching Daisy be a badass (again) the other night and especially seeing all these parallels to S1 I just wanna highlight how lucky we are. Like.
Chloe talks about how she used to get told she wasn’t white enough for the lead, wasn’t Asian enough for the best friend. “Skye” wasn’t originally written as Chinese, or as anything but default (which usually means white lbr). But rather than hire any of the probably quite capable others, they picked her.
And not only did they pick her, but they actually wrote China into her backstory and made her the goddamn lead.
And now she’s leading, she’s the key of the team and of the show, she’s the first woman with superpowers on our TVs at least in recent years and she’s a bamf woman of colour canonically recognised as a woman of colour as well as a representative of a marginalised people and ALL of this happened because Chloe is awesome, and because Marvel decided to give her that chance.
Every time I see her face I’m so so grateful I get to watch her shine.
I’m not even going to bother pointing out all the internal parallels to s1 (pretty much the only thing in my tag for this episode is the rewatch notes from 2015… which is a shame because there’s a lot of interesting family dynamics stuff in this episode. I’ll just quote the two relevant passages from my notes here to spare you having to read them, unless you want to see the gif of Dean jumping the fence, which is worth seeing on its own, and it’s already in that post :P)
Strange how the ghost singles out SAM for his “treatment,” considering we later find out it had to do with anger, and triggering even more intense anger. It’s leading us to the assumption that for all of Dean’s bluster, and Sam’s apparent happy puppy face he shows the world, it was SAM who the doc chose for his “extreme rage therapy.” Dean might come across as the cranky bastard, but Sam’s the one with the real well of hidden rage. Interesting.
And he finds Dr. CreepyMummy in the cupboard. But the rage therapy doesn’t work on Dean, because he’s still able to fight through it and burn the corpse.
And that’s what’s worth mentioning from that ancient rewatch review. :P
On to the s12 relevant stuff, other than
seeing Sam’s version of rage. It’s calm, calculating, and collected. He’s not off the rails monstrous. He’s quiet, and that’s far more terrifying.
This was the part of s1 that really began delving into Sam and Dean’s relationship with their father.
SAM: It doesn’t matter what he wants. DEAN: See. That attitude? Right there? That is why I always get the extra cookie. SAM: Dad could be in trouble, we should be looking for him. We deserve some answers, Dean. I mean, this is our family we’re talking about. DEAN: I understand that, Sam, but he’s given us an order. SAM: So what, we gotta always follow Dad’s orders? DEAN: Of course we do.
There’s the fact that Dean had always followed John’s orders, since he was 4 years old. He trusted John, and the few times he didn’t follow John’s orders (see 1.18 for a prime example), it nearly had disastrous consequences. To 9-year-old Dean, nearly costing Sam his life would be enough of an object lesson about the importance of following those orders. Sam, by contrast, was spared from that sort of experience, from the consequences of his rebellions, because again, Dean absorbed them by putting himself between Sam and John.
Sam trades information with the descendant of Dr. Ellicott for “honest” information about himself (which he don’t get to see him say, but we get a pretty good idea of what he told the psychiatrist from the sorts of things he yells at Dean once he’s been en-rage-ified by the ghost of Dr. Ellicott…
DEAN: We gotta burn Ellicott’s bones and all this will be over, and you’ll be back to normal. SAM: I am normal. I’m just telling the truth for the first time. I mean, why are we even here? ’Cause you’re following Dad’s orders like a good little solider? Because you always do what he says without question? Are you that desperate for his approval? DEAN: This isn’t you talking, Sam. SAM: That’s the difference between you and me. I have a mind of my own. I’m not pathetic, like you. DEAN: So what are you gunna do, huh? Are you gunna kill me? SAM: You know what, I am sick of doing what you tell me to do. We’re no closer to finding Dad today than we were six months ago. DEAN: Well, then here. Let me make it easier for you. (He holds his Smith & Wesson toward SAM.) Come on. Take it. Real bullets are gonna work a hell of a lot better than rock salt. (SAM hesitates) Take it!!
Sam saw Dean as weak and pathetic because he refused to question John’s orders. Sam’s only goal, even six months after Jess’s death, was revenge. His goal was to get that revenge and the get out, go back to his “normal life.” He saw all the other hunts they went on as a sort of weird busy work to keep them distracted from what he saw as their real mission. To Dean, these cases are important, not busy work. People would’ve DIED if they just walked away and ran off willy-nilly to chase after John.
I also love this run of episodes because it shows us SO MANY INSTANCES of just how brilliant Dean is. You want Smart Dean, here you go:
John texted him coordinates for Rockford, Illinois, and just from that Dean figured out exactly why John wanted him to investigate there.
Dean goes to room 137 and finds a hidden panel concealing Dr. Ellicott’s notes and journal, that apparently NOBODY had ever found in the more than 30 years since the original incident at the asylum
He uses the info there to figure out how the ghost was affecting its victims
When he finds out that Sam went off to the basement alone, he suspects that Sam had been lured down there by the ghost (because HE didn’t call Sam) and that Sam had been affected
He doesn’t let on to SAM that he suspects Sam has been en-rage-ified, he just plays along until he can get the upper hand and knock Sam out
he does this by letting Sam shoot him with rock salt (won’t kill him, but hurts like a bitch)
AND THEN he hands Sam his gun– but it’s EMPTY, so Sam is unable to kill him, but it gets him close enough to overpower Sam
He then finds Dr. Ellicott’s corpse and is able to burn it while being attacked by the ghost
And doesn’t that sound like SUCH a Dean ploy… he knows so much more about what’s going on than anyone else, but he plays along until he spots his advantage and then makes his move. We’ve seen him do this over and over again in s12, and it’s been incredibly obvious in 12.14 with Ketch and in 12.15 with Sam.
Okay. On to Scarecrow, which I watched while typing this up, but also contains a lot of the same themes (Sam vs Dean vs John, Dean being brilliant, lies and hidden family secrets), so I’m just sticking it on here.
It seems by the end of 1.11 that Sam has accepted that FAMILY is important enough to him to deal with all the crap that comes along with it (sound familiar? 12.11 anyone?). And to Sam, that “crap” is the hunting.
This was the first time Sam decided to run away from Dean since the pilot (when he got dragged back into hunting). John finally gave them a call, and gave them A TINY BIT OF INFO on the thing that killed Mary and Jess. It’s a demon. Rather than placating Sam, this info makes him want to drop everything and run out to help kill it (or banish it or deal with it… he has no idea what he’s gonna do with it, he just sees it as a potential lead on his revenge quest).
I find this SO FREAKING IRONIC, because this is the same play that Sam uses on people, just with the twist that John’s not trying to conceal the existence of the supernatural, just the identity of the specific thing he’s investigating. We always said that Sam was more like John and that’s why they clashed so strongly, and that Dean was more like Mary… but now that Mary is back, it seems she’s taken on this similar role to John in how she’s been relating to Sam and Dean.
And how did Sam react to John’s orders and that tiny scrap of information? Complete defiance. Just like the way Ronald Resnick reacted to Sam, just like the way Gwen in 12.15 reacted.
The case John sent them on in Indiana was also time-sensitive. One couple disappears every year during the same week. Yet Sam was arguing with Dean that they should take a week to just drive out to California because his revenge was more important to him than saving the lives of two people he’d never met before. That’s literally what the case came down to. Putting off that hunt to drive cross country in the hopes of finding John several days later… was worth the cost of two human lives to Sam. I mean, he may not have calculated that out in his own mind because he’s already redirected from everything else and focused entirely on his revenge mission, but when you step back and do the math… yeah. Two people he’d never met would 100% guaranteed DIE if he walked away from that hunt, on the off chance that tracking John would even get him any sort of result at all…
This also marks the first time we know of where Sam was tempted by a demon. Meg spends most of the episode whispering encouragement to Sam and bonding with him over the promise of freedom and living your own life on your own terms and abandoning your family. In the end, it’s worry for Dean’s safety that brings Sam running away from Meg, and running back to Dean. So maybe he’s not quite so cold as he’d made himself out to be. He just needed a shaking up to work past that drive for revenge and put things back in perspective.
Again, this episode is FILLED with Dean being a genius. We see his emotional intelligence, how well he reads people and earns their trust. Not to mention how he puts all the signs together, figures out it’s a god haunting the orchard, that it’s the fugly scarecrow taking people out. We also get this conversation:
DEAN: I’m not hinting anything. Actually, uh—I want you to know….I mean, don’t think…. SAM: Yeah. I’m sorry, too. DEAN: Sam. You were right. You gotta do your own thing. You gotta live your own life. SAM: Are you serious? DEAN: You’ve always known what you want. And you go after it. You stand up to Dad. And you always have. Hell, I wish I—anyway….I admire that about you. I’m proud of you, Sammy. SAM: I don’t even know what to say. DEAN: Say you’ll take care of yourself. SAM: I will. DEAN: Call me when you find Dad.
He was willing to let Sam go, and it was that acceptance that was the beginning of the train of logic that led Sam to come rushing back in time to save him.
DEAN: What made you change your mind? SAM: I didn’t. I still wanna find Dad. And you’re still a pain in the ass. (DEAN nods.) But, Jess and Mom—they’re both gone. Dad is God knows where. You and me. We’re all that’s left. So, if we’re gonna see this through, we’re gonna do it together. (DEAN pauses.) DEAN: Hold me, Sam. That was beautiful. (He puts his hand on SAM’s shoulder, who hits it away. They laugh.)
Now I’m waiting for Sam to “change his mind” about working with the MoL. What’s gonna make him change his mind this time?
ETA: Whoopsie I forgot two of the HUGE themes at work here that relate to s12: DOING HORRIBLE HORRIBLE THINGS IN THE NAME OF “THE GREATER GOOD.” I mean, sacrificing innocent people to their orchard god for the good of the town, and the horrible things it drove this entire town worth of people to do– even offering their own niece up as a sacrifice to save themselves. THEY WERE DOING WHAT THEY HAD TO, in their minds. So there you go. The two most horrifying things anyone can say on Supernatural, and they got them both covered.
Remember that heartbreaking scene at the end of S1
After the Winter Soldier arc, where the team was hiding out in a rundown motel and fitzsimmons was sitting by the pool, and Fitz turned to Simmons and made her promise him that she wasn’t HYDRA?
I fully expect the ‘promise me you’re not an LMD’ scene to happen next Tuesday. If they’re smart, they’ll turn it around and have Simmons ask Fitz, but you know how much this show likes its parallels, so I’m prepared for a wet-eyed Scotsman to break all of our hearts again with his pure spirit.
if undertaker "cares" about our!ciel, then why do you think he is helping real!ciel?
It’s possible that his true wish is to ultimately help both of them.
He knows that (until the day the contract is fulfilled) he can put the earl through extreme hardship… and the demon butler will protect his master faithfully. As the end of the earl’s quest draws near, Undertaker will continue to test Sebastian’s abilities and contractual devotion. He will try to break that contract. He will eventually explain his motives in the hopes that the earl will choose *something* over this path to Hell.
Who knows? Maybe all this mystery surrounding John Brown is a red herring? Perhaps Undertaker fills the roll of Ash/Angela from anime s1 (and/or a parallel to Hannah from s2 in trying to reunite two brothers, even if that reunion is in death)….
Can I request a parallel gifset of Iris saying "come home to me" in the speedforce, Barry saying "the sound of your voice will always bring me home" and Barry singing runnin' home to you to Iris? Thank you
3x17 was the return of petty Barry. It was so delightful to see him again. His faces when another man touches his woman or someone that looks like his woman were lovely.
I live for jealous Barry. He is a DELIGHT.
All I could think about was the opening monologue for S1 episode # 3 It doesn’t matter if you’re the slowest kid in gym class or the fastest man alive. Every one of us is running. Being alive means running. Running from something. Running to something, or someone. Running Home To You. What a beautiful song, couple and love story. I love and hate The Flash EP’s simultaneously!
Awww, this is a beautiful reminder. Barry’s always been running to Iris.
I just wanted to say that I didn't start watching GOT until late last year. I watch all 6 seasons, and I picked up on the parallels and mirroring between Jon & Dany before the end of S1. Like, they seems obvious to me, and they just kept being obvious as I kept watching till the end of S6. Them getting together romantically just seemed like the next logical step in all of that after S6. Coming into fandom for the 1st time and realizing there are people who didn't get it is just so weird to me.
Your experience reminds me of my cousin who started watching the show last year right before season 6. I had never talked to her about the show and didn’t realize she was watching it until after season 6 had ended and somehow it came up while we were having lunch.
After she told me she loved the show I asked her about Jon and Dany and she said to me that she would love for them to be together and that they would be a great power couple, I laughed. But yeah, she picked up on it very easily too.
Like you I realized the connection between the two in the first season. It’s there if you pay attention. Although as I’ve learned this week, some people can really be in denial.
I will wait a little bit for the finale buzz to die down as I’m about two episodes behind, but I just wanted to reassure you that this blog will stay active. First, I’ll finish all of S8 Defan scenes, then I’ll finish the ‘moments per episode’ set, and then it’ll probably be random parallels and finishing up S1. I also haven’t giffed S3-S5 yet. I do work full time, so I might not update daily, but I will definitely update, so stay tuned!
“Back at the tank, why’d you stick your neck out for me?” ‘Call it foolish, naive hope that if I’m ever that far up Shit Creek, somebody might do the same for me. Guess I’m an even bigger dumbass than you.’
“Why?” ‘Why? Because all life is precious, Daryl.’